Interpretation Intern (DHA-RAI)

Salem Maritime National Historic Site / Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

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Dates: May 16, 2022 – Aug 4, 2022

Compensation: $640/week + housing

Application Due: February 6, 2022

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) seeks to engage young Latino/Latina professionals in natural and cultural resource research and management, interpretation, and public affairs.


Position Description:

Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites seek an intern to research, refine, and deliver bilingual interpretive and educational programs and/or products for use at the park sites.

In 2020, a Latino Heritage Intern at Salem Maritime developed a “Latinx Commitment and Engagement Plan” after working with members of the local Latinx community to identify specific recommendations for overall improvement of inclusion at the Park. This plan was built upon and refined by Latino Heritage Interns in 2021. The park hopes to continue the work into 2022 by developing a set of interpretive guides aimed towards Spanish-speaking staff and Spanish-speaking visitors alike.

The Latino Heritage Intern will use interpretive themes and essential questions identified in Salem Maritime’s Foundation Document and “Visitor Experience Plan” (2020) and Saugus Iron Works’s Foundation Document and forthcoming “Visitor Experience Plan” to research and develop audience-centered interpretive and educational experiences focused on the natural and/or cultural resources at Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works. Potential programs may include, historic house tours, historic maritime programs, Salem harbor tours on a replica 19th century privateer, kayak tours, nature walks, tide walks, etc. The goal of the project will be to create new park experiences, attractive to the local Latinx community. These programs may be bilingual, but will primarily be geared toward Spanish-speakers. This aligns with a 2017 Strategic Plan of Salem Maritime and Saugus National Historic Sites, which identified the following strategy as an approach for park staff to use for fiscal years 2018 through 2023: Prioritize working with under-represented students and groups to expand education programming.


  • Throughout the summer, the intern will work to promote programs (i.e., Salem Maritime Festival) within the Latinx community, specifically in the historic district, El Punto, a predominantly Dominican neighborhood which neighbors Salem Maritime.
  • The intern will need to reach out to identified community contacts, as well as establish new contacts and collaborations with community leaders and organizations in Essex County.

The DHA internship project deliverables will include planning, preparing, promoting, and delivering:

  • At least two different bilingual (Spanish-English) audience-centered interpretive and educational programs at Salem Maritime and/or Saugus Iron Works, presented multiple times.
  • Written outlines, program supplies and materials, and any external vendor contacts, etc. for each program developed and presented.
  • Capture best practices for bilingual interpretive/education programs in the living document, “Latinx Commitment and Engagement Plan” (2020). Present recommendations to the Park Operations Team.

Natural and Physical Work Environment: Salem Maritime is located in a small urban environment in Massachusetts with many amenities within walking and biking distance. Public transportation to Boston and points north is also readily available. There is a Latinx (predominately Dominican Republic) neighborhood in Salem, within a mile of the historic site.

Abilities and Skills:

Bilingual Spanish-English fluency.

Education and Qualifications:

This position will require bilingual fluency in English and Spanish to be successful. Confidence and experience with public speaking and engaging with the public are also recommended.

Vehicle and Driver License Requirements:

Applicants should have personal transportation and must possess a valid U.S. Driver’s License.

The two park sites are twenty miles apart from one another so using a government vehicle for travel is expected.

Housing: Housing Provided


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